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Jun 28, 2013 09:05 PM

Jerry's Deli Westwood closed

From KTLA. Jerry's never had a clue about decent edible deli food.

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  1. It's about time. Surprised they lasted as long as they did.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      They weren't bad in the beginning. At least the chicken soup was good, generous portions, tasty broth. And then it started to slide. I gave up on it around 8 years ago. Infuriatingly inconsistent - and never hit the notes it had in the beginning. Too salty, bland, overcooked chicken. Tasted like it came from a mix.

      Stupid. A friend of mine - a former restaurateur - had a saying for a place like that "It's like they've never tried their own food."

      So true. Mind boggling.

    2. The one in Westwood sparsely had anyone in it. Each time I went, the food got progressively worse.

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      1. re: JosephEBacon

        It was famously bad.

        I do feel sorry for the workers who only got three days notice. That's not very long. I hope they find new jobs soon.

        1. re: PaulF

          I feel bad for all those customers that came to Jerry's to experience good Jewish deli food and were served bad. I also feel bad that Jerry's took over a world class deli like Rascal House in Miami and ruined it. I was ready to sit shiva when I saw that for myself. There simply is no alternative to good Jewish deli food. Yes places like Brent's are expensive but at least you get the real deal over there.

          1. re: SIMIHOUND

            That is a big space. It will be interesting to see what goes in there. Do they have a liquor license?

            1. re: maudies5

              full liquor license. filled before every UCLA basketball home game and major holiday. one of the places gentiles went to that was open on XMas and New Year's if they didn't want Chinese food.

            2. re: SIMIHOUND

              Jerry's is actually more expensive than Brent's. Pastrami sandwich at Jerry's $16.95 at Brent's $13.75.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Jerry's was always more expensive and served dreck.

                1. re: wienermobile

                  Pastrami sandwich at Label's Table $8.50, a buck cheaper if the sandwich of the day.

                2. re: SIMIHOUND

                  Once upon a time, when there were only one or two stores (i.e., before about 1992), Jerry's was actually pretty decent. I gave up on the place by the mid-90s, however.

                  1. re: SIMIHOUND

                    I say the same thing about Rascal House all the time. I miss good deli's like the old days in Miami. Rascal House, Wolfie's, Pumpernicks. Oy vay.

              2. I can't believe how long it took for an awful restaurant in a big space - in a high-rent district - to close the doors. I only hope that the employees find new jobs.

                1. Westwood is slowly being revived from the dead, Fab's Hot Dogs is opening next to Diddy Riese, Chick Fil-A is coming in where Burger King was and the Boiling Crab is opening where the old Acapulco was. Along with 800 Degrees, Fundamental LA, Shophouse, UMini, TLT Food, Stan's Donuts & Ike’s Place things are looking up after many many years.

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                  1. re: wienermobile

                    I just posted on the other active thread about Westwood Village. You list a promising line up - I hope it gives the once-thriving area some needed traction.

                        1. re: PaulF

                          Is that a good thing? Isn't the BC on par with the Claimjumper or Cheesecake Factory?

                          1. re: jgilbert1000

                            Not necessarily a good thing.

                            I was just noting that BC was replacing the Brew Co, not Acapulco's.

                      1. When the founder of Jerry's, Ike Starkman, fell into declining health, the place had already fallen down hill, yet the prices continued to climb uphill.
                        His son Guy was more interested in the night club scene, and thus a recipe for the downhill slide - no one to watch over the ship.
                        More of their places will be closing in the not too distant future, unless the entire company is sold to a quality operator, as their leases are expiring, or will soon.